Gina Barreca
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Gina Barreca

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Gina Barreca

Gina BarrecaDedicated to Women, Laughter and the Comic Muse

Gina Barreca, professor of English, is most recently the author of  It’s Not That I’m Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World (St. Martin’s, 2009). Her earlier works include They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted (Penguin); Perfect Husbands (and Other Fairy Tales)(Crown); Sweet Revenge: The Wicked Delights of Getting Even (Crown); Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Co–education in the Ivy League (UPNE); Untamed and Unabashed: Essays on Women and Humor in British Literature (Wayne State U.P.); Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful (UPNE); The ABC of Vice: An Insatiable Women’s Guide (with cartoonist Nicole Hollander)(UPNE); and I’m With Stupid: One Man, One Woman, and 10,000 Years of Misunderstanding Between the Sexes Cleared Right Up (co-authored with Gene Weingarten)(Simon and Schuster). Her works have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, German, Spanish, and Japanese. 

Gina also edited The Penguin Book of Women’s Humor, The Signet Book of American Humor, Don’t Tell Mama: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing (named a “best book” of 2002 by NPR), and A Sit-Down With The Sopranos: Watching Italian American Culture on TV, and six other collections.

 She is founding editor and current co-editor of the scholarly journal LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, now in its twentieth year, published quarterly by Routledge. In 1998, Barreca received UConn’s “Excellence in Teaching” Award. 

She writes three times a week for the “Brainstorm” section of The Chronicle of Higher Education, blogs twice weekly for Psychology Today, and has a Sunday op-ed column in The Hartford Courant. Gina has appeared on dozens of television programs including 20/20, 48 Hours, The Today Show, and Oprah. The University Press of New England published her most recent book, an edited collected titled Make Mine a Double, in 2010.

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